Edna St. Vincent Millay

(22 February 1892 – 19 October 1950 / Rockland / Maine / United States)

Afternoon On A Hill

Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I will be the gladdest thing
   Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
   And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
   With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
   And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
   Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
   And then start down!


Comments about Afternoon On A Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Penny (3/9/2019 8:50:00 PM)

    I first heard these lyrics in a song by Deb Talen, I had no idea that they were by Edna St. Vincent Millay! It's a lovely song that I think does justice to the lyrics if you want to listen to it(Report)Reply

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  • Jennifer Tuxford (11/1/2018 10:25:00 AM)

    I really love this poem. It’s one of my favourites.(Report)Reply

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  • james watkinjames watkin (10/9/2018 8:08:00 AM)

    Simple and memorable. Is that the best definition for what is best in poetry?(Report)Reply

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  • socheata (5/3/2018 9:57:00 AM)

    why do they make this poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Tapan M. SarenTapan M. Saren (7/18/2017 3:48:00 AM)

    Lovely poem..........(Report)Reply

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (2/22/2017 7:07:00 PM)

    A simple and soothing poem... almost felt on top of the hill on an Autumn Dusk.(Report)Reply

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  • Alem Hailu G/kristosAlem Hailu G/kristos (11/23/2015 12:38:00 AM)

    It reminded me the saying the world is lovely and the loveliest is enough.She is my favourite poet.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (5/16/2014 7:25:00 PM)

    ............truly a beautiful write....showing appreciation for God's gifts to us...... leaving beauty untouched for others to enjoy......this is what life is all about....enjoyed...(Report)Reply

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/16/2014 2:49:00 PM)

    Nice poem. Invokes great imagery.(Report)Reply

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  • Thomas Donnelly (12/2/2013 1:23:00 PM)

    The Dandelion Girl brought me here. :)(Report)Reply

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  • Geoffrey FafardGeoffrey Fafard (8/14/2012 10:51:00 PM)

    all that there is, all there must be and.. all this is enough, just beautiful.(Report)Reply

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  • gone gone (4/14/2007 10:27:00 PM)

    simply lovely....a treasured day(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003